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military today. the pentagon will lift its ban on women serving in combat roles. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: the new pentagon policy makes women eligible to serve in army and marine infantry units. there's also the potential for them to be a part of elite special operations teams, like the navy seals and delta force. victoria rivers was a machine gunner who went on missions with special ops forces. >> working side by side with special forces team, it was pretty cool. >> reporter: but in order to join, women must be able to meet the rigid strength and stamina requirements of those units. >> there's jobs that women can't do physically, because they just don't have the strength, the physical strength to do it. >> reporter: by lifting the combat exclusion policy, the pentagon is opening the door to more women being killed or wounded in action. combat operations in iraq and afghanistan have cost more than 130 women their lives, and more than 800 have been wounded. dawn commanded a platoon in iraq. she lost her arm fighting alongside an infantry unit. >> there's not a lot of big diff
states -- the pentagon lifts its ban on women in front line and combat roles. >> on the chopping block, germany's second-largest bank plans to fire up to 10% of its work force. the european union is at a crossroads, and the british prime minister, david cameron, says if the blockheads towards the centralized political union, then it is not for him and not for britain. >> german chancellor angela merkel has chosen her words very carefully, responding at the world economic forum in davos by voicing conditional optimism as far as europe's future goes. she says that patience is needed for structural reforms to take effect. >> she has also called for more regulation of the finance industry to avoid more turbulence, a point of contention with britain. both agree that competitiveness is the key, but how to go about that is the big question. >> david cameron brought his message with him to the swiss alps. in his address to the world leaders in doubles, he repeated his demands for big changes to the u.s. and britain's relationship to it -- in his address to world leaders in davos. >> i'm not ju
america." for the first time, the pentagon allows american women to serve in combat roles. britain, germany, and the netherlands are to their citizens to get out of benghazi, libya in response to an imminent threat against westerners. >> just touched a button. it hands you the picture. >> it brought us a new age of instant photography. tonight, we focus on the man whose polaroids help capture our lives in real time. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. it is time for policy to catch up with reality. that was the message that leon panetta said today as he lifted a ban on women serving in combat. acknowledge in the sacrifices which have already been made by both sexes, he talked of a future where everyone would be given the opportunity to serve in front line rolls. what's the next greatest generation will be one of men and women who will fight and die together to protect this nation. that is what freedom is all about. >> leon panetta there. what do these changes mean and how does the u.s. military compare with other countries like britain? our
.  >>> pentagon chief panetta makes it official opening combat positions to women. they should have to meet the same standard as men. panetta says the qualifications for women will not be lowered and spoke of the increased opportunity for female warriors. >> as we all know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> some roles in the special forces like navy seals and the army's delta force may take longer to open up. defense officials say military chiefs have until may 15th to report on their implementation plans. >>> u.s. schools are bracing for sweeping changes. education department says students with disabilities deserve a fair shot to play on traditional sports team. today officials will issue a directive telling schools must provide equal and alternative options. >>> hello, there. >> how are you? >> good, how are you? snow is on the way, not perfect with the afternoon commute. >> similar to yesterday? >> i think sort of a repeat performance. an inch. few spots will do a little better than that.
. >> do we know how quickly this will happen? >> the pentagon says they want to have an implementation process and get it done by 2016. there is still a big outclause on all of this. the services, military units could say at the end of the day they want an exemption and they don't think they can have women in the units. you hear the same issues, personal hygiene, can women pass the physical requirements, all of this still on the table. so panetta knows and chuck hagel was supporting him. they know they have to do this somewhat gradually. >> thank you. appreciate it. >>> this guy, diplomatic trouble shooter, decorated war veteran john kerry on top to be america's top diplomat. the senate foreign relations committee is holding a hearing on the nomination to become secretary of state. kerry talked about how his military experience in vietnam has shaped his views. >> i want all of us to keep in our minds as i think we do the extraordinary men and women in uniform who are on the front lines even as we meet here today. the troops at war who helped protect america i can pledge to you that as
move by the pentagon. >> the tip of the sphere infantry battalion, these are the ones that attack the enemy. these are all male for good reason. we don't have women in those units it's not a good idea to put them there. everyone is insisting and assuming the standards will be the same. they will be equal but they won't be the same. general dempsey said if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we'll ask, should it be so high, that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he also asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so we can have more women in the unit. and then we have a diversity commission that says, we're supposed to have diversity metrics, that's another name for quotas and promotions for men will be contingent on meeting the diversity quota. the military is not there just to support equal opportunity. it's there to defent the country and carry out the missions that are asked of them. >> one shouldn't assume every woman would be for this new policy, and most men would be against it, and some men would be aga
are and what's being done to try to get them? >> well, the pentagon, shep, says that the number one suspect group is this terror group, the al qaeda in the islamic that gram. while 29 militants as you noted have been killed in the assault, the guy who was claiming responsibility for it is an al qaeda associate. his name is mac tar. it is believed he is hiding out in the neighboring african country of mali. that is where french troops right now are battling islamists. the u.s. is not sending combat troops there. it is helping out the french with transport and other manner nabbing the suspect of the killings involved in the killings and the terrorizing of americans that might be a good product of that contribution. shep. back to you. >> shepard: greg palkot. directly in focus tomorrow when secretary of state hillary clinton testifies in front of lawmakers. it's secretary clinton's first time testifying about that we will get a preview of what lawmakers could ask coming up. the housing market rebounds to levels that we haven't seen since before the mortgage meltdown. what does this mean for th
, and the volume edge they bring to the pentagon. plus, what police say a teen suspected of killing his whole family in cold blood did right after the murders. and frigid temperatures continue to grip much of the country with deadly results. it's all "happening now." a huge policy change for our military, good morning to you. i'm jon scott. >> reporter: i'm peup uma pemmaraju. leon panetta is going to lift the ban for women in combat hospitalizing occupying up hundreds of positions on the front lines. jon: this presents challenges for the pentagon because military leaders have to decide whether woman should be excluded from some of the more demanding and deadly commando jobs, like for instance being part of the navy seals or the army's delta force. correspondent jennifer griffin is live at passenger. what will this change mean, jennifer for women in the military, many of whom are already serving on the front lines? >> reporter: that's right, jon, remember, 280,000 women have served in the wars in iraq and afghanistan during the last ten years. what this will do is it will open certain positio
cold causes misery and takes more li lives. >>> the right to fight. for the first time the pentagon will allow women in combat on the front lines. >> that's huge news. >>> a defiant north korea threatening more nuclear tests and calling the u.s. its sworn enemy. that breaking overnight. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. thursday, january 24th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. up first if you are still wrapped up in your blankets you may want to stay right where you are. >> do not move. >> that bitter cold blast is gripping much of the country and it's not expected to go away anytime soon. people were mummified on the street with the temperature plunging to single digits. even for late january this is ridiculous for these parts. the u.s. is feeling like 33 below in some areas. today the south could see subfreezing temperatures and wind chills and ice where people are not used to driving in winter weather. and where places are not used to preparing for those crazy temperatures either. authorities say three peo
so good. the pentagon prepares to make a huge announcement when it comes to a ban involving female service members. >> a break from the usual work at a prison as inmates took part in a flash mob dance. "good morning washington"at 5:00 begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's thursday, january 24. very snow outside. i am scott thuman. >> i am pamela brown. loudoun county schools are open --rather , on a two hour delay. fairfax county, two hours arlington, two hour delay. federal agencies are open. montgomery county school ands are closed. >> now, jacqui jeras with the weather. >> mainly it has been in southern maryland and towards fredericksburg and stafford county where the schools are closed today. that's where we have picked up two inches or 3 inches. the metro, a quarter inch to an act -- to a half-inch. it is phasing out already along interstate 81. this will phase out within the next few hours. winter weather and advisory in effect until 9:00 this morning. if we will still have maybe just a few snow flurr
the pentagon, claiming they served in a combat role, but have not been recognized for it. it seems the pentagon now believes the current restriction is at odds with the reality on the battlefield and an unfair limit on the women's military career, and members of congress agree. >> if women can meet the performance standards and can do the job and are willing to lay down their lives, then i think that's good for the nation. i think america's daughters are just as capable of defending liberty and freedom as our sons are. >> of america's 1.5 million members of the arms forces, 14% are women. lifting the ban will open up hundreds of thousands of new jobs for them. but it will not happen immediately. it's thought the u.s. defense secretary, leon panetta, wants initial plans in place by may, and military chiefs will have three years to decide if some combat roles should remain off limits to women. but this is a groundbreaking step, one that will lead to american women and men fighting on the front loons together. ben wright, bbc news, washington. >> before that report, there was plenty of argument ab
and we'll continue discussions. >> thank you. jon: the pentagon's move to lift the ban on women in combat roles is sparking new concerns about the future effectiveness of units serving on the front lines. the latest on the controversial decision ahead. >>> as if the flu outbreak wasn't bad enough, a new strain of norovirus is cutting a trail through the u.s. arthel is shaking her head. a look who is most at risk, plus what you can do to stay healthy. arthel: only you were supposed to see that, jon scott. ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ jon: new fallout now from the pentagon's decision to integrate women into combat units. defense secretary leon panetta officially lifted the ban yesterday. the move drawing strong criticism from critics and supporters. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live from the pentagon now. jennifer, what's been the reaction among men i
house jobs to women. we are also looking at how the pentagon is planning to respond to north korea's new round of threats including nuclear tests and the vice president's sneaky strategy to try to pressure gun owners to support the administrations. pushing for new gun control laws. you are in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with the reshuffling at the white house. a few hours ago, president obama announced he is moving the deputy security adviser do into the position of white house chief of staff. today's big news as the president's clear response to complaints that women were not getting enough top level jobs. the white house correspondent has the latest information. jessica? update us on what's going on. it's a sensitive subject. >> it is. in choosing dennis mcdonough he chose comfort, friendship and trust over political pressure and the chance to make history that would have come for naming the first female chief of staff to the post. dennis donough is a long time trusted aid. here's what the president said when he announced the choice. >> i have been counting on dennis for nearl
up plans for putting women on the front lines. the process was set in motion today at the pentagon. >> not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> brown: with that, defense secretary leon panetta-- joined by the chair of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey-- announced he's ending a 1994 ban on women in combat roles. >> as secretary, when i've gone to bethesda to visit wounded warriors, when i've gone to arlington to bury our dead, there is no distinction that's made between the sacrifices of man and women in uniform. they serve, they're wounded and they die right next to each other. the time has come to recognize that reality. >> brown: nearly 300,000 women have deployed over the past 11 years in iraq and afghanistan, where the frontlines aren't so clearly drawn. and 152 have died there. today's decision opens up some 230,000 battlefront positions to women, many in army and marine infantry units. commanders will have to decide whether women will be eligible for elite forces, such as the navy seals and the army's d
secretary leon panetta making history. he will announce the pentagon is lifting its ban on women in combat. the policy change will overturn a 1994 ban that ruled -- rule that banned women from being part of combat units. at first women will be assigned to combat support roles like working in communications, logistics, and as drivers. later they will work as medics and corpsmen before becoming combat infantry troops. >> i am incredibly excited. when i listened to obama's inaugural address monday and heard him reference the continuing struggles for equality on many fronts, it was great to hear him mention women's issues. i did not expect that to be the pretlud an announcement -- prelude to an announcement this significant in such short order. >> military leaders have to decide which if any combat jobs they think should be available to men only. they'll make decisions by 2016. >>> political analysts expect smooth sailing today for john kerry during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state. kerry will answer questions from his colleagues on the senate foreign relations committee. he i
to a woman in florida. the pentagon was investigating investigations and that general john allens' three occasions with jill kelly were inappropriate. petraeus later resigned. isico's supreme court expected to rule on a case that triggered a diplomatic dispute with france a french national is serving a 60-year jail sentence for kidnapping and organized crime. adam reports from mexico city. >> this police raid forage was so convincing that the mexican public and judges were sure that the french woman was a criminal. the only problem was that the video was staged the day after she was actually arrested. later, it emerged that the federal police chief at the time staged a raid from the country's two top tv networks. she is currently serving a 60- year jail sentence for kidnapping and organized crime. but on wednesday, mexico's supreme court could rule whether her constitutional rights were violated. the kidnapping victims were found at the ranch where she was staying with her boyfriend. he confessed to the kidnapping, but said she had nothing to do with it. she has always maintained her inn
of defense has no changes planned. >> for more on the pentagon's announcement, i spoke a short time ago to a former army sergeant who served in deployment in iraq. thank you very much for coming in. let me pick up on what the lieutenant general was saying. he says it is not sexist but it would be lowering standards to put women on the front line. >> the military is not lowering standards. women have been serving in combat for a decade now. and one of the other issues that the military struggle is with -- struggles with is that only 25% of people qualify for military service. unfortunately, 75% are to physically unfit, not educated enough, or have criminal backgrounds. if we want to get the best in military service, we need to make sure that women are part of the population. >> you have to open the door for everybody. they would have to meet physical fitness standards. they're not actually lowering standards. few served in iraq. >> i did. >> you were shot at. >> we took small arms fire and direct fire. that is true. >> you were in a combat position? >> that's right, i went on patrol with
at operating in combat and killing the enemy. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with the news. why did military leaders say this had to happen now? >> essentially because women are already in combat. chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey said he realized when he got into his armored vehicle in baghdad in 2003. >> and i slapped a gunner on the wagon and she leaned down and said, i'm amanda, okay, so a female turret gunner protecting the commander and times have changed and something to do about it. and life as we know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> reporter: secretary panetta said that his eyes were opened when he was over at the cia and realized half of the intelligence force over there were women and he talked to the joint chiefs when he came over here to serve as defense secretary about what changes could be made, shep. >> shepard: jen, what are we hearing from women in the military? >> most have accepted this and are excited about it. what they've explained to us, this wil
: brit, thank you. >> you bet. >> bret: just who gets to take part in future wars is changing. pentagon today formally announced the intention to allow a new group of fighters on the front lines. national security correspondent jennifer griffin tonight on women in combat. >> with the stroke of a pen, secretary panetta and chairman of joints chief ended a ban on women in combat. general dempsey said he realized women were already on the front lines when he got his armored vehicle in baghdad in 2003. >> i slappe slapped the terret n around the area and said who are you? she said i'm amanda. from that point on i realized something had changed and it was time to do something about it. >> panetta smoke of opportunity -- spoke of opportunity. >> in life, as we know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> marine such as ryan smith, retired sergeant who served in iraq thinks the decision puts lives at risk. >> my first sargent was mortally wounded in iraq and he was the tourett of am fibbous assault v
as mentors. >>> the pentagon has started sending pink slips to thousands of temporary workers. these are part of a budget cut that takes place in march. the pentagon's civilian work force has 46,000 employees but it's not yet known just how many are being laid off. >>> the commerce department says that although new home sales cooled off in december, the annual figure for last year was the best since 2009. builders sold 363,000 new homes in 2012 that's an increase of 20%. and it's the first annual gain since 2005. >>> a new update today on the health of giant's fan bryan stow. we'll táel you why it will rally support. >>> and the right to play. what the white house did today to make sure all children even if they have a disability are treated fairly when playing on sports teams. >>> the family of bryan stow, the giant fan severely beaten at a dodger game released an update on his health that has left his friends and supporters shaken. stow's family says he is back in the hospital with a blood clot. robert handa live now in san jose with how loved ones are taking the news and how anyone can s
administration. the pentagon today said it has become as more -- as many as 46,000 temporary employees at a budget cuts. the department of defense set to see $487 billion in cuts over the next decade. the pentagon also warning that if further budget cuts to take place it will be forced to furlough most of its 800,000 full-time citizen employees. welcome my next guest became the country's first female four-star general back in 2008. rewarded her perspective to allow women in combat and a place to have with this general and then would become a retired commanding general of the u.s. army material command. could to have you here. your thoughts from your perspective what this means for first the army itself in the country. >> well, good evening, lou. first, i think it is a great decision. it is a good decision. the timing is right, and that think this decision now runs policy with the current realities on today's battlefield . lou: the realities include a more technologically oriented military, but still the requirements for special operations, special forces, infantry. in your judgment and
in order to talk to afghan women and children. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following these developments for us this morning. where is the major opposition to this coming from, barbara? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. there are some groups that are opposing it because they have concerns about women serving in the military, frankly, and have had those concerns for years. but in the case of this, bipartisan support largely. once the joint chiefs endorsed the idea, hard to oppose them. nonetheless, senator john mccain is one of the senators articulating his view, his concern that rigorous physical standards be maintained if women are going to serve in dangerous units like infantry, special forces, then he is saying the rigorous standards must apply to them as well for everyone's safety in those types of situations. you know it's going to raise a really interesting prospect the next time the military goes on a raid to get somebody like osama bin laden, will women be along. soledad. >> so what do women think about this -- overall about lifting its ban? >> reporter
happening on the ground. bill: jennifer griffin is on the front line of the pentagon every day. what will this change, if anything, for women in the military, jennifer? >> reporter: essentially, bill, this will open 230,000 positions that have previously been that woman in the military had not had access to. it will open the positions in the army and marines in particular because those are the front line infantry troops. secretary panetta plans to make the announcement later today. he will officially lift the ban that has been in place since 199 on women serving in the front lines. again this will be thousands of positions that women had previously been denied access to. the service chiefs have until january 2016 to seek exceptions to certain units. some of the special operations units for instance. women who have been affected by the ban say they were denied promotions as a result of the discriminatory policy over the years, bill. bill: jennifer, women have for some time have contributed to mightily to the war on terror. they drive tanks. they knife airplanes in the air force. a lot
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rhetoric, or does north korea really have the capability to attack? pentagon correspondent barbara starr has all the details. >> reporter: north korea's latest sabre rattling. threatening the south just one day after pyongyang said it will lob missiles at the u.s. and conduct a new nuclear test, leaving no doubt leader kim jong-un isn't giving up his father's nuclear program. the u.s. might not is advanced warning of a new underground test. >> they have the capability, frankly, to conduct these tests in a way that make it very difficult to determine whether or not they are doing it. >> reporter: but there are signs they're ready to test if ordered. >> the north korean are maintaining a fairly high state of readiness at the test site. that means that if the order is given from pyongyang to go ahead, they can probably conduct the test in a few weeks. >> reporter: satellite imagery shows a tunnel entrance where the device may undergo final assembly. a bunker for personnel and equipment. and a communications network to make sure the order to detonate can be carried out. north korea's weapons
transport planes have joined the french effort to repel islamist rebels in mali. pentagon spokesman george little confirmed today that u.s. c-17's have flown five missions to the african nation in recent days. they ferried more than 80 french troops and 120 tons of equipment. little said the u.s. is still considering whether to provide aerial refueling planes. at least 17 iraqis died in a series of car bombings in and around baghdad today. dozens more were injured. one blast targeted a crowded market in the shiite neighborhood of shula, where the burnt-out shells of cars and other charred debris littered the streets. there was no immediate claim of responsibility. the u.n. secretary-general has offered a grim appraisal of the situation in syria, essentially saying there's little hope for any diplomatic solution. ban ki-moon spoke today during his first news conference of the year at the u.n. in new york. >> we are still a long way from getting the syrians together. the key decisions about the country's future are in the hands of the syrians. but the international community and in particula
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